Colorado Deer Population and Management, News and Information Archive  
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Annual Deer Hunt
2000: 38,000
2001: 31,500
2002* 36,000
2003: 37,602
2004: 41,743
2005: 41,665
2006: 44,800
2007: 45,000
2008: 35,500
2009: 33,922
2010: 34,768
2011: 33,217
2012: 33,486
2013: 32,941
2014: 27,492
2015: 34,005
2016: 36,824
2017: 37,761 


Deer Population Estimates, Post-hunt
2004   600,900
2005   613,450
2006   623,760
2007   538,770
2008   466,750
2009   460,520
2010   430,390
2011   417,950
2012   408,010
2013   390,660
2014   424,190
2015:  435,660
2016:  418,560
2017:  418,800

Hunting estimates are based on surveys of hunters, not reported kills as used by some states.
*2000 to 2002 data estimated from graph
Poor survival for mule deer fawns.  Results of the deer hunt are based on surveys of deer hunters.  Whitetails increasing west of I-25.  One half to one third of the herd size in the 1940s and far below the pre-settlement numbers.

Elk Hunt
2005   56,462
2006   56,933
2007   49,012
2008   45,271
2009   47,543
2010   48,018
2011   43,480
2012   43,490
2013   43,606
2014   41,900
2015:  44,852
2016:  39,306
2017:  38,555

Elk Population
2005   258,370
2006   271,840
2007   291,960
2008   283,210
2009   286,510
2010   283,430
2011   264,170
2012   266,300
2013   264,025
2014   278,490
2015   275,000
2016   277,750
2017   305,840








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